Driedger, Michael D. “The Year 1625, the Dutch Republic, and Book History: Perspectives for Reframing Studies of Mennonites and Early Modernity.” Mennonite Quarterly Review 97.1 (2023): 9-50.
The January issue of Mennonite Quarterly Review just came out. It includes reviews of Evie Yoder Miller’s Scruples on the Line trilogy and Robert Zacharias’s Reading Mennonite Writing. It also includes a fascinating article by Michael D. Driedger about Dutch Anabaptist intellectual life in the 1600s that spends some time talking about the prominence of said Anabaptists in the publishing world. This history provides a possible new starting point for discussions of Mennonite literature, so I have added the article to the General Bibliography.
Hinz-Penner, Raylene. East of Liberal: Notes on the Land. Telford, PA: DreamSeeker Books, 2022.
Raylene Hinz-Penner’s new memoir has just come out. It has been added to her newly-created entry in the U.S. Bibliography.
Miller, Evie Yoder. “The Best Books That Show How Common Citizens Face the Intertwinings of War, Conscience, and Religion.” Shepherd, 2023, https://shepherd.com/best-books/the-intertwinings-of-war-conscience-and-religion.
Evie Yoder Miller has just published an article about some of the books that were helpful for her research for her 2020-2021 Scruples on the Line trilogy. The article has been added to her entry in the U.S. Bibliography.
Denise, Cheryl. Fences. Telford, PA: DreamSeeker Books, 2022.
Cheryl Denise’s new poetry collection has just been added to her entry in the U.S. Bibliography.
Ito, Sally. Heart’s Hydrography. Winnipeg: Turnstone Press, 2022.
Kasdorf, Julia Spicher. As Is. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2023.
Walker, Harron. “A Literary Scene Where Parties are Part of the Agenda.” New York Times, 27 December 2022, https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/27/style/littlepuss-press-literary-parties.html?fbclid=IwAR3YGSHYPhHwL9ZGGIe33pLhyQFBeQOI9jlzl6lqLLPZ1EOzFTF4JL-dFDw.
Sally Ito’s new poetry collection just came out, and yesterday the New York Times had an article about LittlePuss Press, which Casey Plett co-founded last year. These texts have been added to Ito’s and Plett’s entries in the Canadian Bibliography. Julia Spicher Kasdorf’s new poetry collection, which is forthcoming in January, has been added to her entry in the U.S. Bibliography.
Beachy, Stephen. The Voice of Q. Amish Terror Book 4. San Diego: Vapor Books, 2021.
The latest volume of Stephen Beachy’s projected five-volume dystopian science fiction Amish Terror series has just been added to his entry in the U.S. Bibliography. Amazon.com lists its publication date as April 2022, but the copyright page has it as 2021, so that’s the date I have included in the entry.
Steffler, Margaret. “Breaking Patriarchy through Words, Imagination, and Faith: The Hayloft as Spielraum in Miriam Toews’ Women Talking.” Canadian Literature 243 (2020): 61-78.
__________. “Fragments and Absences: Language and Loss in Miriam Toews’s A Complicated Kindness.” Journal of Canadian Studies 43.3 (2009): 124-45.
__________. “Thebes Troutman as Traveling Tween: Revising the Family Story.” Girlhood Studies 11.1 (2018): 126-40.
Sabrina Reed’s new book on Miriam Toews includes citations of several articles by Margaret Steffler that were not listed in Toews’s entry in the Canadian Bibliography, so they have now been added. It is likely that Reed’s Bibliography includes some other sources that also need to be added to Toews’s entry, but I have not had time to go through and look for them yet.
Hostetter, Mary Alice. Plain: A Memoir of Mennonite Girlhood. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2022.
Mary Alice Hostetter’s new memoir about growing up Mennonite and then discovering her queerness as an adult has been added to the U.S. Bibliography under her new heading.
Reed, Sabrina. Lives Lived, Lives Imagined: Landscapes of Resilience in the Works of Miriam Toews. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2022.
Sabrina Reed has just published a book about Miriam Toews’s work that has been added to Toews’s entry in the Canadian Bibliography. Toews becomes the third Mennonite writer (after Rudy Wiebe and Patrick Friesen) to have an entire work of literary criticism dedicated to their writing.
Klassen, Sarah. The Russian Daughter. Winnipeg: Canadian Mennonite University Press, 2022.
Sarah Klassen’s new novel, which comes out next month, has been added to her entry in the Canadian Bibliography. Its publisher, CMU Press, has been getting more and more involved in the Mennonite literary field over the years, which is wonderful to see. From what I hear, they have several anthologies of literary criticism in the works.